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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Prose, Poetry, and Songs of Labor

Prose, Poetry, and Songs of Labor

(p.163) Part IV Prose, Poetry, and Songs of Labor
Writing Appalachia
Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

Mountain society changed dramatically with rapid post-Civil War industrialization, which laid the groundwork for the region’s wide-scale poverty and dependency. The hardships of work and oppressive living conditions in newly industrialized Appalachia gave birth to a rich and important body of literature, which includes fiction, poetry, drama, and songs. The development of Appalachia’s literature of protest paralleled the rise of social justice and workers’ literature internationally.

Keywords:   Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Members of the National Committee for the Defense of the Political Prisoners [Dreiser Committee], Muriel Rukeyser, Don West, Ella May Wiggins, Aunt Molly Jackson, Florence Reece, Jean Ritchie, Billy Edd Wheeler, Coal mining

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